25.10.12

49 The Craftivist Jigsaw Project


If you blog for all the world to see, invite feedback, and make it easy for folk to email you then inevitably, it seems, you'll receive the occasional missive that, frankly, sullies your inbox. It doesn't happen often, and merely requires that one deletes and moves on. Such things are minor and highly infrequent annoyances and not normally something I'd mention. But yesterday's invective gave me pause for thought. For in the opinion of its author the exchange of blog comments equates to nothing more than touting for traffic and massaging egos.

Now maybe I'm naive but I don't believe that for a moment. If the accusation had been that bloggers can't resist a chinwag, well maybe so. But what many of us stand accused of is insincerity, and that bugs me, big time, because the people I've met through blogging are among the most sincere I know. Mostly women in my small corner of the blogosphere, they are fun, feisty, and thoughtful. And they do good things: they share stuff freely - constructive feedback, how-to's, virtual hugs - and they use whatever influence they have to further causes that matter.

Which brings me to what I'd planned to post about today, the Craftivist Collective's - they're bloggers all - Jigsaw Project in support of Save the Children's Race Against Hunger campaign.

It's taken me forever to write this paragraph. I must have started over a hundred times. I was trying to write something powerful, a compelling call to action, but the words wouldn't come. The politics of hunger is vast and complex and beyond my comprehension. The world produces more than enough food for its 6 billion inhabitants yet a sixth of those people are going hungry, and every single day over 6000 children die for want of good food. How can that be?!

Signing a petition seems an inadequate response to such suffering. But would you help to stitch one? Would you contribute a puzzle piece to a giant patchwork jigsaw? A quilt of sorts that will carry the message that people care about this to those who have the power to change it. You would? Why thank you. You can find everything you need to know in order to participate here and here. Wherever you are in the world your contribution will be most welcome. Together we can be the change we want to see!

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Your considered responses to my last post were, as always, very much appreciated and throughly enjoyed, and are another reason I'd like to poke our accuser with my knitting needles!

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49 comments :

  1. I'll have to go take a "look see" into the world hunger jigsaw pieces but meanwhile....who said something negative to you/about you.....let me at em! I have an Irish temper which rarely fires up but attacking my friends is one that will do it!
    Actually, I am not surprised as I find most people nowadays to be quite negative and critical. I know why they do it...not enough love, attention, self-confidence etc....but some do really enjoy their misery it seems but can't they keep it to themselves? LOL!
    Anyway, I'm sorry I haven't been by to see you. It certainly hasn't been because I don't like you....because I do!!!! I love my blog friends most of all as they are so talented, creative and upbeat! Pollyanna is one of my favorite movies along with Anne of Green Gables. I know, I live in a fantasy world where all is good and kind and happy....but it works for me! Ha! Ha!
    I hope you are well and happy and enjoying your Fall and starting all kinds of needlework projects for the coming "cold weather".
    I hate to admit this but that sock I was working on...going for the toe....almost done with it....it got frogged but I'm okay with that and saving LOTS of money on yarn because I keep using the same yarn over and over! LOL!
    I'll start it again....take care sweetie! Remember..."rejection is protection" and another fav of mine is "when people show you who they are....believe them". TTYS!

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    1. Haha, saving money reworking the same yarn because projects don't turn out as hoped, that sounds so familiar!

      Thank you for being fiery on my behalf m'dear :)

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  2. Oh, Annie, don't listen to those sticks in the mud ;) I think it's a little odd that someone would take time out of their day to write a stranger and email about how they don't agree with their comment philosophy ;) I'm of the mind of, if you've got that much time on your hands, it's time to start a new knitting project!~

    This quilt project also seems like a really amazing and worthwhile endeavor. Those of us with so much are so so blessed, and things like this Race Against Hunger project really give us perspective. Thanks for bringing my attention to it! And thanks for reading my comment :D

    Now, instead of a massaged ego, I'd rather have a should rub, ok? lol...

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    1. One day a gal from the US and a gal from Wales will meet in a coffee shop somewhere in Yorkshire ... I'll remember I owe you a shoulder rub ;D

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    2. Haha! you've got a deal there ;)

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  3. It mystifies me that someone takes the time to be mean. Perhaps he/she doesn't get any comments. I love comments, these blogs are conversation. I don't always have time to write much, or on the ipad I can't always comment, but I like to show I'm listening to the chat and nodding my head. The quilt project looks like fun and a cool way to draw attention to an important issue. I'm off to check it out.

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  4. Annie, some people cannot abide others have happiness. So they do whatever they can to tear down that happiness. Our little blog world is where I feel among friends and I love each and every comment made on my blog. Luckily, I haven't had anything negative ..... yet. I hope, if or when it happens, I can be as you are and just ignore and go on with my life. Lovely project. I'm not a quilter but I might give it a go.

    Hugs to you, my friend,
    Sharon

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  5. Someone left a bit of nastiness? I'm very sorry to hear it. I hope you sent it to the waste bin - the best place for such stuff.

    Thank you for holding up the bloggy sisterhood. We are a pretty honest bunch, I think - it's hard to be otherwise when you're writing post after post and comment after comment. The truth will out (and mostly does). And the amount of compassion and caring and simple kindness floating around Blogdom is astounding.

    Of course there's some insincerity out there - gushing compliments and so forth - but no more than in any human interaction. Shall we ban conversation because some of it can be hypocritical? Of course not.

    Thank you for the links - off now to check them out.

    (P.S. If this is a duplicate comment it's because my first one disappeared - we're having some internet problems tonight. Feel free to delete any duplications!)

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  6. You know Annie, I think that you don't have to give a lot of your attention to these mean comments. I think that there are a lot of people out there with problems and they just need to find a way to unleash their anger...this time you were their scapegoat...don't you think so?
    Anyway, I was asking myself if the campaign above is addressed only to UK crafters...any idea?
    love, xxx Alessandra

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    1. Anyone anywhere Ale, and I've edited the blog to make that clear.

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  7. Well I for one, as relatively new blogger, have found nothing but goodness and genuine kindness in blogland particularly when it was so needed. I hesitated to share but it has been deeply therapeutic and supportive and positive in every way. Perhaps it is because we are in the crafty sphere and makers are generally good people who want to create rather than undo. If we are creating good feelings about each other, inspiring ideas or just sharing small triumphs and large, it can only be for the good side of the force.

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  8. It's a pity 'the accuser' will rarely know the joy of good conversation, encouraging and uplifting those around her or of giving..just because. She doesn't know that she would be less criticized and more accepted and encouraged herself if she was kinder and less critical. Taking the beam out of your own eye before taking the splinter out of another's is wisdom.

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  9. Hello Annie:
    We are at a complete loss as to know and understand why people will, on occasion, rarely thankfully, write an unpleasant comment in response to a post. It seldom happens and we can, in the past eighteen months, only recall three comments all of which were signed 'Anonymous'. As we never publish anything where the source of the comment cannot be recognized, such people must, or so we hope, remain disappointed. As for comments 'massaging egos', such a remark should not in any circumstances be dignified with a reply.

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  10. I completely agree with you about the positive power of sharing comments and 'connecting' with others who are like-minded and there is a great deal of sincerity, support and friendship in our little community. Snipey comments are inevitable from time to time but even they can be turned to the good, as you have done here Annie in exposing that negativity for what it is and proving it groundless.

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  11. So sorry that you had a nasty comment! Why bother to spend time blogging if you are looking at how to be nasty. I have found everyone just so supportive and encouraging over these last few months. I'll have a go at the jigsaw. Thanks for bringing it to our attention! I'm not that good with sewing....but who knows, perhaps it will unlock yet another heretofor (is that spelt right?) unknown side of me....I just think about the crochet!! All discovered because of my blogging friends! I think you are right. My aunt worked tirelessly for Save the Children and it was only after her death that we found she had made over £55,000 through making and selling crafts and picking and selling daffodils! So every little.... joined with others' little....helps!! Joan

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  12. Who gives a hoot about nasty commenters ... they must have a lot of time on their hands when they can go around giving you flack for the way you use your own blog ... it makes me angry ... your blog is your space to use as you please ... I think you have the right attitude Annie ... just delete and move on ... and the quilt project ... what a great idea ... off now to take a peep ... Bee xx

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  13. Thanks for the link to the Save the Children project. Collective crafting can be so enjoyable, especially when it has a positive outcome - I hope this does.

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  14. I don't understand why someone would write something negative - I have only recently started commenting on blogs, as I was a bit of a techno-phobe and felt that we should actually 'talk' to one another, but recently I have come to realise the importance of connecting, in whatever way fits into our busy lives. It is great to be able to chat with (mostly!) like-minded people from around the globe, and share in each others ups and downs, successes and failures - like you said, delete and move on - life is too short to waste on narrow minded people, when the world is thankfully full of positive bloggers!! I shall go and check out the quilt x

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    1. The world changes and we change with it, don't you think. Or should that be the other way around?! Either way I agree that we are blessed to be able to connect meaningfully with people regardless of geography, in a world where are neighbours can too easily be strangers.

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  15. Thanks so much for sharing the link to this project Annie - every link helps to bring a few more people over to have a look at how craftivism might be able to genuinely save some childrens lives - it's a political issue and we have to think of more and more creative ways of making sure we're noticed :)

    With regards to the comments thing - I'm just like you grateful if I get any at all and when i can i'll try and chat and get involved - often I show my appreciation for a post I like through a tweet instead :)

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  16. Can I knit a jigsaw puzzle piece ;-)

    I just read the debate on commenting... I am sure there *is* blog commenting etiquette... I am also sure that I flout it terribly!! Frankly I am too far gone to give d%*m ;-) But, reading through I came across 'Mise' at 'Pretty Far West' for the first time ever! THANK YOU! I am still hooting with laughter and I only read the most recent post. There, that's enough reason in itself to ignore the naysayer and be thankful for the connections made every day through your own wonderful blog x

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    1. Now I have been wondering about that ... Hilary, can we knitter's knit them, if the shape and size is right? I imagine the text would then be attached separately.

      Mise is a rare and cherished gem :)

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  17. The jigsaw project sounds like a wonderful idea! As for the snarky note you received, I wonder what the motivation was behind it? Perhaps jealousy? I have made many friends through blogging and reading blogs, and without the comment section that would have been impossible. Touting traffic and massaging egos?? Hardly!

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  18. Unfortunately there will always be a meanie in the playground but as these comments show - one meanie versus many, many nice people.
    June

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  19. Ignore the negative ... that kind of energy is a waste of time and I think it's great that you wrote about your recent experience. Thanks for writing about this incredible project. Your post was powerful and compelling and I love that you shared it with us!

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  20. I just can't understand why people feel the need to take the time to be nasty, and often do it anonymously to boot. Rise above it, they don't deserve your time! I shall send you a little email with my cake recipe to cheer you up :)
    Victoria xx

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  21. You poke away...can I join in with a five pronged attack (DPNs) I feel quite 'gggrrrr' that someone could get it so far wrong as far as I am concerned.

    I've seen a knitted or crocheted blanket made up with jigsaw pieces on ravelry...I know this is quilted (?) but it would be lovely in wooly version too.

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  22. I'll poke them too. Annie, you are such a good and strong advocate the the blogging sisterhood. I am genuinely baffled that someone took the time to email you their negative thoughts. Seriously, why?? There is nothing egotistical in commenting, surely. I had some trolling a while back which was so random and bizarre that I almost found it funny. Which is probably the best way to deal with it! xx

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  23. The Jigsaw Project looks fantastic. Thanks for letting us know about it. I agree with you, any comments I make and receive I believe to be totally sincere. And I am very grateful for them! X

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  24. You know, the "meanie" doesn't *have* to read your blog. It's that person's perogative to read your blog and the comments. If they don't like what you have to say, they don't have to read it. I'm with the others, just ignore that person! You're amazing!

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  25. Oh poor you...i have come across this from other bloggers and its just awful ...these horrid individuals just seem to get some sort of satisfaction from being a complete 'a**sehole.....i havent 'as yet' had one of these 'A holes' do this to me yet, but im sure my time will come, so right now i just want to give you a **HUGE CYBER HUG**...
    Pixie

    PS now going to check out that link to the jigsaw thingy,,it sounds brilliant. x

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  26. That one pathetic, nasty comment is well and truly drowned by the overwhelming positivity which surrounds this blog, Annie.

    I still want to kick that person in the shins though.

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  27. Hmm, yes, Sue at the Quince Tree had a particularly vitriolic comment a week or so ago. I can only imagine the pent up frustration, envy and - surely - loneliness of these people. Whyever would you take the time to write such negative and deliberately hurtful stuff?

    We know that's very pleasant to have comments to read and respond to, and I think if ever I posted and got zero comments I'd wonder about my writing not striking a chord with anyone. But sometimes it's just time - that we haven't got, not a lack of desire to communicate. I confess since the end of summer I have foud myself falling behind on the posting and commenting a little, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it, and I know that none ofthe bloggers I 'click' with will hold it against me if I am tardy at times. We are a pretty supportive bunch on the whole, even if that support bpoils down to little more than some loving words and a solicitous enquiry when things have been going awry.
    So begone dull care, and unpleasant commentators with it! We love our blogging and will continue this amazing connection we are making with other like-minded women (on the whole, I know there are guys out there who enjoy joining in.)
    I will suggest to the Stitch&Bitch girls we take part in this project, Annie, thanks for the info. Lx.

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  28. Hello Annie...So sorry to hear that you were the receiver of such a mean comment...your blog is a joy to visit..beautiful photographs, entertaining and at times very thought provoking...In fact sometimes I go away and have a good think about a point you have made and you have posted again by the time I return to give my view..but then I'm always late in Blogland! Quite a few friends have received this type of comment recently...I wonder if it's the same person?
    I've just read your last post...for me blogging is definitely a two way thing and I have found lasting friendships because of that..friends I love to visit and whose comments are always so lovely to receive..I value tremendously what they have to say...I only wish I could blog more often but I'm still working on it!
    (I must say though that I have no time for those who blog constantly but have no real interest in any one else...the person at the party who just talks about themselves all night...I will always steer quietly away!)
    Have a good weekend,
    Susan x

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  29. Your responder who was such a downer should be skewered, agreed and agreed, but in the words of my late grandmother, "just consider the source" and forget it. That phrase has stuck with me all these years.

    Going to check out the puzzle pieces now.

    Good post!

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  30. Whoever wrote that has not connected to other bloggers before. Like penpals, I feel I have friends all over the globe, and the connections are fantastic! I love blogging :)

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  31. "Out damn spot" is what I say to that rather unnecessary and pointless negative comment you received Annie. Gosh, what on earth is wrong with people who leave negative comments. I completely agree with your sentiments on commenting and blogging would almost seem pointless I think if it wasn't for the connecting and conversation. I've met such wonderful honest women via my blog and really value the friendships. My ego does not need massaging, how rude! Keep up with your conversation Annie, this is truly a blessed space, hugs to you xox Penelope

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    1. oops I forgot to mention that Penny of Planet Penny blog, posted about this brilliant craftivist project and I am signing up for sure. The mind boggles and I can't get my head around hunger in the world in this day and age, I feel very passionate to fight against it and will definitely be part of that jigsaw puzzle. x

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  32. I'm checking out the jigsaw now...

    Well, not just now - now I'm responding to your negative commenter / commentee. I've had this occasionally, and one time I was able to track the troll down (I'm not sure your commentator was really a troll, maybe a trolette or troll-in-training). I actually knew people who knew of her, and she is indeed someone with many, many issues. Don't take these people seriously - indeed, as was said earlier here, 'consider the source'.... Blogging is all about exchange, surely?

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  33. I didn't comment on your last post because there were already so many comments that expressed what I would have said already but I truely believe that comments are like a conversion between friends and sometimes that might seem to be massaging egos but then that is what friends sometimes do... as well as give support, show kindness, offer help etc. Mrs sour grapes definitely needs poking with needles! (I tend to leave the occasional nasty comment for all to see!)

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  34. Why do people feel that negativity adds anything to the world? Bloggers are creative "producers" of work, art, craft, writing, photography etc. The critics can say what they like but we will keep doing what we do, not just talking about it. I agree that blogging is a very positive experience and we are a creative community supporting and cheering each other on. How bloody fantastic!! Keep up your wonderful work, it inspires me:~))

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  35. I love the idea of the quilt jigsaw and will try, but worry my jigsaw piece will take too long to get from Samoa to the UK. I once ordered a textbook from the UK and it took 3 months, I had almost finished the subject when it arrived. As I tell my boys, bullies are those who feel bad about themselves and want you to feel bad too. Maybe the author never gets any comments on their blog, unlike yours. The green-eyed monster I suspect.

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  36. You're a treasure in the blogging world Annie. Lots of love to be found here at Knitsofacto and if the lovely comments you received from your buddies on your last Post upset someone then the comments on this Post will probably have the same effect! Some people when never 'get' blogging and I will never 'get' why someone goes out of their way to be mean. Now, onto more important matters, as for the quilt, fantastic idea and I know it sounds lame but I will commit to looking into it. I don'y have a sewing machine but if its a hand sew job then I may be able to do something :-)

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  37. Comments are the best bits! End of! I love leaving comments and writing them, so that's that! GO Us commenters!

    Saw the jigsaw project on another blog- there was rather a nice video with it. I bet it will be on the Save the Children site. Shame it's only in London from what I could make out.

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  38. I love comments - they help me to realise that I'm not just writing in isolation. Thankfully I've never had a mean one. Don't let it stop you!

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  39. Oh Annie you did make me laugh saying you wanted to poke that cynic with your needles. I love your protective voice over our world. Please rush over and now say nice things to me as my ego is seriously in need of a darned good massage which is really what motivates me to write a blog in the first place.

    A great idea to try and get the message across to those that could actually do something. Part of me wonders if they really do listen though.

    X

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  40. Hi Annie - just spent ages writing a comment (so enjoy reading other comments) but lost it to blogger - says I don't own my profile or some such. I get this quite a lot, must be some mismatch with Wordpress and Blogger.

    I wanted to say that I really am a bit erratic about my comments, both in response to comments left on my blog and when it comes to commenting on other's. Sometimes it's because I'm reading a blog when I am really meant to be doing something else, and somehow by not commenting I can pretend that I'm not really there, other times it's because I haven't checked my blog for a while - I've fired up Freedom and so have no access to the internet (brutal but effective if I have a deadline).

    As for unpleasant comments, I think you should see them as a badge of honour: you have lots of readers and someone, somewhere is feeling green-eyed and spiteful. Shrug it off - I know that you have - and keep on blogging (said in manner or Tess and Bruce if you are into Strictly).

    BTW I have just dug out my copy of your muffatee pattern, only someone has ruined it by placing a cup of tea or coffee on it - probably me. I'll download another, it's that time of year. Was also amused by your frogging Colour Affection (it was hell to knit) and I should have commented months ago, but as I said, I'm inconsistent on that front.

    Just thought you ought to know that inconsistent or not (me, that is, not you), I do enjoy reading your posts.

    I'm copying this just in case Blogger eats it again, and if it does I'll email you instead!

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  41. Well, I found the discussion on comments and community to be an interesting one. I suppose all communities have their own curmudgeonly element - perhaps it just prods the rest of us to do better.

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  42. What a super idea the Jigsaw Projec is! Thanks for oublicising it like this, Annie. As for the negative comment, it sounds like a real case of sour grapes from someone who doesn't get enough comments and is envious of those who have built up a faithful following. Delete and forget would be my motto.

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